The Tendertone Lip Balms are basically strawberry-kiwi flavored tinted lip balms that condition your lips, and gives you a lip gloss effect at the same time. I think there are enough people talking about the details, so I will skip the general intro of them.
I like MAC's products, but I was not a crazy follower of there ridiculously-quickly-updated collections. I personally don't have the energy to catch up with those and certainly don't have that much money to buy all the collections either. The reason I bought the Tendertone Lip Balms from the Cook MAC collection is that a lot of people kept telling me how good they were and it made me very curious.
Here I am, bought three out of the four. Aren't they supposed to be "tinted" lip balms? If all the colors look the same on my lips, what's the point of tinted... I should have just bought one... Well, I don't blame the products, my natural lip color is very pigmented so it's hard to have the colors show up on my lips. Other than that, the moisturizing effect is very good as a lip balm. The formula is similar to MAC's LipGlasses, glossy and sticky; the texture is creamy and glide on lips easily.
To be honest, I am not amazed by them. They are great quality products for sure, maybe just not my thing, or I had such a high expectation before I purchased them and was disappointed after. Anyway, when I put them back to the drawer with other lip products I had, I saw the ELF Conditioning Lip Balms are in the same drawer. I took the ELF Conditioning Lip Balms out and compared with the MAC Tendertone Lip Balms. Surprisingly, I think the ELF ones were not any worse than the MAC ones.
Here are what I got:
Both MAC and ELF swatches on my arm have very good color payoffs. I can barely see the difference on my lips when I use the MAC ones (the HUSH HUSH has better color payoffs on my lips, not much though), but the ELF ones showed up quite well as a lip balm. If you don't mind the colors and you just like the glossy looking lip balms, go with the MAC Tendertone. Even though the ELF Conditioning Lip Balms are not as shiny glossy as MAC Tendertone, it moisturized my lip the same as MAC. If you think the MAC Tendertone is too much shine, and you want more colors show on your lips, you may like the ELF Conditioning Lip Balms better.
I know the Revlon Lip butters have been everywhere. All the lip butters have some shimmers in them, but the ELF Conditioning Lip Balms don't. I would even pick ELF over the Revlon Lip Butters because I like the finish and colors ELF gives.
Here is a comparison between MAC Tendertone and ELF Conditioning lip Balms:
MAC Tendertone Lip Balms and ELF Conditioning Lip Balms are both really nice lip balms and both very moisturizing, It just depends on your preferences. If you want your tinted lip balms to be more "tinted". and not as shiny finish, go with ELF; otherwise, go with MAC.
Don't forget you pay $3 dollars for each ELF Conditioning Lip Balms, which also have slightly higher SPF. (1 tendertone=5 ELFs...-_-) Also, you don't have to run to the store to get the products due to the limited quantity offered.
Everything I said above is my personal opinion. I understand there are many many of you think differently and I give my full respect to. I just want to share what I feel and what I know, so someone could benefit from the information.
Wish everyone a great weekend~~